Dayton School Board doesn’t automatically renew contracts

Starting on Feb. 4, readers have known my position on the Superintendent. And on Saturday, Feb 20, I suggested a plan of action for the school board.

Last night, it became official- the contracts weren’t going to be automatically renewed, and there will be negotiations:

Dayton’s school board decided Tuesday night not to renew the existing contracts of Superintendent Lori Ward and Treasurer Craig Jones for next school year, but they left open the possibility of bringing them back under new terms.

School board President Adil Baguirov called the vote just “a procedural step” that can begin a negotiating process. Asked whether the board would try to bring back both Ward and Jones, Baguirov said, “We can’t comment on that.”

Source: DPS superintendent’s contract not renewed

Ward calls it “just business” – but, it’s more than that.

We will see what happens. My prediction is that the Treasurer isn’t rehired, and that if Ward does come back it’s on a 1-year contract (for which there is really no need to sign a contract) because the school board is too chicken to fire her. Anything less than a 3-year gives her a hint to start looking for another job.

Considering that the state will make her job disappear in 2 if she continues with her next two years following the course of the last 6, why bother?

For Dayton Public it’s fourth and 1, with 1 play left- and 98 yards to go-

time for a Hail Mary.


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